82-year-old House Democrat asks 'The Squad' if he can join

Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellLawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China Hillary Clinton swipes at NBA over Hong Kong controversy On The Money: Judge tosses Trump lawsuit over NY tax return subpoena | US, Japan sign trade deals | Trump faces narrowing window for trade deals | NBA sparks anger with apology to China MORE (D-N.J.) could be the newest member of the House's "Squad" after the 82-year-old congressman asked his freshmen colleagues to be part of the tight-knit group.

Pascrell tweeted the request at Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — House Dems subpoena Giuliani associates MORE (N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPennsylvania candidate would be first autistic woman elected to a state legislature Pressley joins hundreds of activists calling for Kavanaugh impeachment: 'I believe in the power of us' The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by USAA — Ex-Ukraine ambassador testifies Trump pushed for her ouster The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump attacks Omar as 'America-hating socialist' at Minnesota rally MORE (Minn.) after satirical outlet The Onion poked fun at him in a Tuesday story.

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The Onion tweeted an image of Pascrell standing near Omar with the caption “Bill Pascrell Quietly Asks Ilhan Omar If He Can Be Part Of The Squad,” prompting the longtime lawmaker to tweet out his own request.

“Well. How bout it,” he quipped, tagging the four.

"You're in, @BillPascrell!" Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded, appearing excited to accept Pascrell's request to join the group.

The comical post follows tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE on Sunday in which the president, without directly naming them, told the progressive congresswomen of color to “go back” to other countries. All four congresswomen are U.S. citizens. 

Democrats have blasted Trump for using a racist trope, and a handful of Republicans, including Reps. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats claim new momentum from intelligence watchdog testimony Romney: Trump requesting Biden investigation from China, Ukraine 'wrong and appalling' GOP lawmaker: 'It is terrible' for Trump to call on China to probe Biden MORE (Texas) and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerHouse questions Volker as impeachment probe ramps up Republicans show signs of discomfort in defense of Trump   GOP battens down the hatches after release of Trump whistleblower complaint MORE (Ohio), have described the language as racist, though most Republicans have stopped short of using the term explicitly.

Trump has refused to apologize for the remarks amid widespread backlash and has dug in on the remarks repeatedly. He defended his remarks early Tuesday, insisting that he doesn’t “have a racist bone" in his body.

The House plans to vote on its resolution against Trump’s comments later Tuesday.